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(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Vivint and Garbett Homes on Wednesday announced the first affordable, climate 5 net-zero “smart home” to achieve a HERS 0 rating. Located in Herriman, this non-custom, self-sufficient, solar-powered home, called The Zero Home, is one of the first production homes in the United State that can generate as much energy as it consumes.
Herriman energy-efficient home wins design award
Architecture » Home produces only $10 monthly utility bill.
First Published Jan 23 2014 03:52 pm • Last Updated Jan 24 2014 07:49 am

A new energy-efficient Herriman home built by Garbett Homes was awarded a platinum award from the 2014 Professional Builder Design Awards competition in California. The home was designed by Irvine, Calif.-based KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning.

The three-story, five-bedroom home at 5047 W. Ambermont Drive is the first attainable, or affordable, house in Utah that achieves a U.S. Department of Energy HERS (House Energy Rating System) rating of 0. The house has since been sold for $570,000 and won the Single-Family Production (2,001 to 3,000 square feet) category.

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To achieve that rating, the home has double-paned windows, special frames and seals for the windows and doors, four types of insulation, and solar panels to produce electricity. The monthly utility bill for the home is about $10 per month.

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